Geoffrey A. Landis

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Geoffrey A. Landis (born May 28, 1955, Detroit, Michigan) is an American scientist, working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on planetary exploration, interstellar propulsion, solar power and photovoltaics. He has patented eight designs for solar cells and photovoltaic devices and has given presentations and commentary on the possibilities for interstellar travel and construction of bases on the Moon and Mars.

Landis is also a notable writer of scientifically accurate and detailed hard science fiction, and has won one Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards, a Locus Award for his fiction writing, and two Rhysling Awards for his poetry. He contributes science fact articles to a number of publications. Landis is married to science fiction writer and poet Mary A. Turzillo and lives in Berea, Ohio.



Landis was born in Detroit, Michigan and lived in Virginia, Maryland, Philadelphia, and Illinois during his childhood. His senior education was at New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois.[2] He holds undergraduate degrees in physics and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a PhD in solid-state physics from Brown University.[2] He is married to science fiction writer Mary A. Turzillo and lives in Berea, Ohio.[3]


After receiving his doctorate at Brown University, Landis worked at the NASA Lewis Research Center (now Nasa Glenn) and the Ohio Aerospace Institute before accepting a permanent position at the NASA John Glenn Research Center,[3] where he does research on Mars missions,[4] solar energy,[5] and advanced concepts for interstellar propulsion.[6] He holds eight patents,[7] and has published more than 300 scientific papers[8] in the fields of astronautics and photovoltaics. He was a member of the Rover team on the Mars Pathfinder mission,[9] and named the Mars rock, "Yogi".[10] He is a member of the science team on the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers mission.[6]

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